2020 so far has been a tough year for everyone in Minneapolis. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected every clique, group and subculture this city has to offer, including but not limited to the Minneapolis Hip Hop scene. All plans for the future have officially been cancelled, leaving rappers and singers wondering what’s next for their scene.
Minneapolis Quarantine Mixtape
Many artists have started to get creative with ways to keep the community connected. Queer, female, hip hop artist Uncle T initiated what’s known as the “Minneapolis Quarantine Mixtape Project”- calling for artists to write songs surrounding the pandemic and submit them for a mixtape. The only other rule being that artists must submit brand new material written after the mixtape project was announced.
Art has the ability to bring people together even in the most uncertain of times- making it more important than ever. Uncle T hopes to bring connection and healing to the local scene through collective self expression. There is truly something for everyone on this tape, from humorous to political – ballads to trap joints.
Over 40 local artists submitted material for what has become a well anticipated project set to debut on Friday, May 1st. Some of the artists to be featured include Brandon Pulphus, Philip Saint John, Mama Rose, Christopher Michael Jensen, Knucky, and many others.
Take a look at quarantine through the lens of the Minneapolis Hip Hop scene.